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Sergio Aragonés’ Groo the Wanderer Acquired for Animated Film and Television

Groo meets Tarzan

Sergio AragonésGroo the Wanderer is the latest comic property to be snatched for development for film or television. Josh Jones has acquired the animated film and television rights. Jones intends to produce an animated adaptation through his film company, Did I Err Productions.

Jones and Did I Err partner Scott Nocas with be the executive producers on the project with Aragonés and Groo writer Mark Evanier. The project has a focus for streaming.

Groo the Wanderer debuted in Destroyer Duck #1 in 1981 and has been published by a number of publishers including Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and more. The character was published in his first regular series in 1982 by Pacific Comics. The comic’s longest run was 120 issues at Marvel but switched to Image Comics when Marvel began to have financial troubles. It lasted 12 issues at Image before legal issues forced it to switch to Dark Horse. There, the comic has seen mostly reprints and miniseries. The latest has the character crossing over with Tarzan.

The comedic series follows a barbarian who is a mighty swordsmand but utter disaster ine verything else.

Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: Sergio Aragones
September 8, 2021
$3.99

Snelson’s standup comedy is two decades past its sell-by date, and hecklers now outnumber fans. His interpretation of this rejection—as “cancellation” for being edgy—propels Snelson to the fringes of alt-right podcasting. All AHOY titles include bonus illustrated prose stories. Issue 1 features a variant cover by MAD legend Sergio Aragones.

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: Sergio Aragones
September 8, 2021
$3.99

Snelson’s standup comedy is two decades past its sell-by date, and hecklers now outnumber fans. His interpretation of this rejection—as “cancellation” for being edgy—propels Snelson to the fringes of alt-right podcasting. All AHOY titles include bonus illustrated prose stories. Issue 1 features a variant cover by MAD legend Sergio Aragones.

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Review: Groo Meets Tarzan #1

Groo Meets Tarzan #1

Groo Meets Tarzan is something I never knew I needed until I read it. I’ve read loads of Groo The Wanderer comics growing up but it’s been quite a while since I read any adventures of the cheese dip-loving idiot swordsman and his faithful dog, Rufferto. And by that same line, I’ve never read a Tarzan story. Never Ever.

Groo Meets Tarzan #1 opens at the 2021 San Diego Comic-Con. You know, the one that didn’t happen. Fans are rushing to meet Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, only it’s not for their creations but for being mistaken for other creations, which is really heating up Sergio. But the talk goes to the creation of a story, one where Tarzan and Groo meet each other. Sergio has booked this trip to a sketchy wildlife preserve to help gain some needed insight into the project. As nighttime takes Sergio to his dreams, the story is that of Tarzan, strong and reliable, chasing down slavers. The flipside is that of Groo and Rufferto, known to cause destruction wherever they go, being led to cheese dip where it won’t actually be. Both of these characters are well on their way to a meeting.

The writing on Groo Meets Tarzan blends fantasy action and comedy very well and maybe better than probably anyone would. Evanier has written Groo for many, many years but he got his work doing a lot of other, more serious work, and I think that even reading Groo as long as I have, I have more-or-less forgotten that he can do serious and do it well. All the comedy works (for me) as I was a long-time reader of Groo and I think the Groo reader probably has the easier time with this. It feels more like a Groo story.

Artistically speaking, this book blends the Thomas Yeates art nicely with Sergio Aragones’ work. This issue has all of Tarzan’s stuff by Yeates. There’s a good amount of back and forth between the art styles. Yeates opts for something a bit more refined than you’d normally see in a Groo book, lot more detail thrown into his linework. It wouldn’t be a Groo book if we didn’t have some epic two-page showcasing about too many people on a page with jokes all around and we get a good one near the beginning.

I don’t have a bad thing to say about Groo Meets Tarzan, other than they haven’t met yet. I’m not sure what will happen when they do. Fight? Eat cheese dip? Who knows until next month but Groo Meets Tarzan is not at all what I was expecting but I’m glad I read it. Mostly a funny story, but the Tarzan moments do throw some serious moments into the mix. It’s a very enjoyable comic showcasing that Sergio and Mark are the best at the comedy side of comics. I highly recommend it.

Story: Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier Art: Sergio Aragones and Thomas Yeates
Colors by: Tom Luth Letterers: Stan Sakai (Groo pages)
and Adam Pruett (Tarzan pages)
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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ECCC 2016: Evanier and Aragonés Deliver Groo: Fray of the Gods

Announced at Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse will deliver a new ongoing Groo series: Groo: Fray of the Gods.

This twelve-issue limited series features a tale told by the same award-winning creative team as always: Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, with Tom Luth coloring and Stan Sakai on the lettering pen.

The gods did not bless Groo with brains, only with the ability to battle. Now, they themselves are in conflict over the spirit and future of mankind…and it is Groo who becomes the pawn (unwitting, of course) in their war. If the future of humanity depends on the Wanderer—we’re all in a lot of trouble.

Groo: Fray of the Gods #1 is on sale July 20, 2016.

Groo Fray of the Gods

Secret Wars Too #1 Takes You Beyond The Biggest Comic Event of the Year!

Give Secret Wars a grand sendoff as some of the hottest names in the comics industry bid adieu to Battleworld later this year! Today, Marvel has revealed Secret Wars Too #1, an oversized one-shot of epic proportions coming to comic shops and digital devices in November! Secret Wars scribe Jonathan Hickman himself unites with the likes of Sergio Aragones, Ryan Browne, Al Ewing, Rob Guillory, Kate Leth, Eric Powell, Declan Shalvey, Kyle Starks, Ramon Villalobos and Brittney Williams to bring you a 40 page epilogue to the biggest comic event of the year. Prepare for a side of Secret Wars you’ve never seen before!

SECRET WARS TOO #1
Featuring JONATHAN HICKMAN, SERGIO ARAGONES, RYAN BROWNE,  AL EWING, ROB GUILLORY, KATE LETH, ERIC POWELL, DECLAN SHALVEY, KYLE STARKS, RAMON VILLALOBOS and BRITTNEY WILLIAMS
Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
On Sale in November!

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Dark Horse Presents Celebrates its 200th Issue!

Dark Horse Comics will publish the milestone 200th issue of its Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book anthology Dark Horse Presents in February 2015, featuring the story MASKS by Gillian Flynn, the bestselling novelist of GONE GIRL, with art by Dave Gibbons, the bestselling artist of WATCHMEN recently named the first ever comics laureate. The 200th issue of the celebrated anthology will feature a HELLBOY cover by Gabriel Bá, an APE-X variant cover by THE GOON creator Eric Powell, and stories by some of the biggest names in comics, including legendary HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola, GROO Creators Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, Alex de Campi, Matt Kindt and Jerry Ordway.

Dark Horse Presents 200 will be go on sale on February 18th, 2015.

The 80-page 200th issue of the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award series will feature:

  • Mike Mignola and Gabriel Bá revisiting Hellboy’s time in Mexico with a follow-up to their classic story THE COFFIN MAN.
  • Fred Van Lente and Miguel Sepulveda delivering a Project Black Sky story about the telepathic cyborg gorilla Ape-X
  • Brendan McCarthy’s DREAM GANG
  • Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN
  • The first chapter of a new GROO tale by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
  • A mermaid story by Gustavo Duarte (MONSTERS)
  • Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s SEMIAUTOMAGIC
  • Ed Brisson’s MURDER BOOK featuring art from Michael Walsh
  • The first ever U.S. publication of the short story MASKS, which was originally published in the UK’s GUARDIAN newspaper to commemorate the British Library’s exhibition of British comics. The story is the comic book debut for Gillian Flynn, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer of GONE GIRL, which is now a major motion picture directed by David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB). She collaborates with artist Dave Gibbons, (WATCHMEN) for a story about mothers… and vigilantes.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS 200 1 DARK HORSE PRESENTS 200 2

Conan/Groo Crossover Announced!

CONAN/GROO CROSSOVER!

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!

January 13, MILWAUKIE, OR—What was rumored as an April Fools’ joke has turned into a full-blown miniseries sure to bring laughs and excitement. Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce Groo vs. Conan!

It had to happen: The most heroic warrior in history meets the stupidest, as Robert E. Howard’s immortal Conan the Barbarian crosses swords with Sergio Aragonés’s Groo the Wanderer in Groo vs. Conan #1!

This four-issue miniseries was concocted by the Eisner Award–winning team of Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés, aided by master illustrator Thomas Yeates and master colorist Tom Luth. Will Conan annihilate Groo? Will Groo turn out to be the man who can defeat Conan? We’ll see.

Groo vs. Conan is on sale April 18, 2012!

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the BarbarianMass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

CBLDFNews Frank Quitely in NYC & WonderCon! New BPAL, T-Shirt & More at WonderCon!

Official Press Release

Frank Quitely: Coast to Coast

In early April, Frank Quitely is showing his support for the CBLDF from coast to coast! April 1-3 finds him on the West Coast for WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, California. Come April 5, fans will have a chance to see him in New York City!

In collaboration with WonderCon, CBLDF is proud to present Frank Quitely: Coast to Coast! Quitely will be joined by esteemed artist and professor José Villarrubia for an intimate conversation about his career, his influences, his collaborations, and his future projects. This unique event happens one night only, on April 5, 2011, at Cinema Village in New York City!

For a $15 donation, you can get a ticket to attend this exclusive event. At this time, tickets are ONLY available in advance and will not be offered at the door. You can get them online through the CBLDF website, here. You can also purchase tickets at Forbidden Planet (840 Broadway, New York, 212-473-1576).

If you would like to join Quitely for drinks before the event, CBLDF is auctioning the opportunity to do so! One lucky fan will get the chance to meet Quitely one-on-one! Bid here.

Don’t miss Frank Quitely in conversation with Jose Villarrubia during Frank Quitely: Coast to Coast, taking place in New York City on April 5, 2011. Get your tickets online now!

CBLDF Offers Frank Quitely Exclusives for WonderCon

CBLDF is delighted to partner with comics wunderkind Frank Quitely for a series of exclusive prints and postcards, debuting at WonderCon, April 1 – 3, 2011, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California!

CBLDF supporters who visit the booth will find not one, but two, sets of CBLDF Signature Series postcards! Each set is a $10 donation, with one set featuring Quitely’s full-color character designs and the other set featuring some of his gorgeous figure sketches.

Quitely will be joining CBLDF for signings during WonderCon. Come by booth 323 for details.

New BPAL Scent Premieres for CBLDF At WonderCon!

CBLDF is proud to premiere the new Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrance Cohen v. California at WonderCon! Based upon the landmark First Amendment case that explicitly acknowledged profanity as protected speech, Cohen v. California celebrates the notion that “one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” This special premiere is accompanied by an all-new signed and numbered print by Beanworld creator Larry Marder!

This premiere edition of Cohen v. California is strictly limited to 50 pieces, and will be available at the CBLDF, booth 323, during WonderCon, April 1-3, 2011, in San Francisco, California!

Catch A Wave With The CBLDF At WonderCon

This weekend finds your battle-hardened CBLDF crew eagerly headed to sunny San Francisco, California, for WonderCon 2011! You’ll find the whole team at the Moscone Center with a booth chock full of signed premiums, as well as the exclusives listed above and an all new t-shirt!  Here’s what else we have in store for you:

SIGNINGS

Come meet superstar artist Frank Quitely at booth 323! He’ll be signing at CBLDF each day of the convention during the following times:

Friday 3:30 –  5:30 p.m.

Saturday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

PANELS

CBLDF: After the Code
Friday,
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Room 236/238

Earlier this year, the Comics Code Authority was shut down.  For more than fifty years the Code seal has served as a vivid reminder of the brutal government investigation and self-censorship that decimated the industry in the 1950s. It also stood as a standard that led to the censorship of a wide variety of comics. As the Code fades into history, the CBLDF moderates a discussion about how the Code impacted comics and the threats that remain in its absence. The panel will include Sergio Aragones, Mike Friedrich, Paul Levitz, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Marv Wolfman, and will be moderated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.

Also on Friday:
Spotlight on Terry Moore
1:00-2:00
Room 236

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with one of the comic industry’s favorite indie creators! Charles Brownstein (CBLDF) will talk with Terry Moore about the finale of his latest series, ECHO, as well as exciting new projects slated for the coming year. This panel is always a fan favorite! Don’t miss it!

CBLDF: Live Art Jam
Saturday,
12:30  2:00 p.m.
Room 250/262

Watch great live art made before your eyes, on the big screen and bid to win the pieces to support a great cause!  The CBLDF Live Art Jam features Tom Hodges (Star Wars), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and Terry Moore (Echo), plus special guests.  Get an inside look at the creative act and win great art at the CBLDF Live Art Jam!

All the work the CBLDF does is possible because of supporters like you! Be sure to stop by booth 323 during WonderCon, April 1-3, 2011, to become a member, join us for a signing, pick up exclusive premiums, or just to share a few words of support!

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